9 seriously injured in French train collision

French authorities say that two trains carrying a total of 238 passengers have collided near the southwestern French city of Pau, injuring 25.

Trains travelling on opposite directions on the same track were carrying a total of 238 passengers

French police officers stand at the scene after two trains collided in Deguin, near Pau, southwestern France on Thursday. A regional train and a national train heading for Paris collided head on after travelling on the same track in opposite directions. (Bob Edme/Associated Press)

French authorities say that two trains carrying a total of 238 passengers have collided near the southwestern French city of Pau, injuring 25.

A national TGV train bound for Paris collided head-on with a regional train Thursday during the evening commute in the town of Deguin, said Pyrenees-Atlantiques prefectural spokesman Patrice Abbadie.

Nine of the injuries were serious but no fatalities were expected, Abbadie said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collision. Emergency services including ambulances, helicopters and fire engines were dispatched to the scene.